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Jazzed up schoolgirl whites at Simone Rocha show

Associated Press Modified: September 18, 2012 at 1:31 pm •  Published: September 18, 2012

LONDON (AP) — Budding designer Simone Rocha, the daughter of British fashion veteran John Rocha, has giant shoes to fill, but she seems to be taking it all in stride.

The 26-year-old showcased her latest spring collection at London Fashion Week on Tuesday, a collection of all-white outfits, sheer cut-out panels, neons and leather that mixed schoolgirl innocence with cool attitude.

The collection started with dazzling white button-up shirts and boyish shapes in Broderie Anglaise, but the prim look was soon undercut by thigh-revealing, irregular-shaped sheer panels on the front or the back of skirts.

High-collared, neat shapes in muted shades of butter and toffee followed. But soon things were shaken up again, with a pale sundress overlaid with a high-shine neon yellow PVC plastic, all-over metallic gold vests and skirts, and floral-crocheted skirts and oversized jackets in fluorescent yellow and neon coral.

Models wore mannish brogues with clear plastic soles and heels, a design that has been worn by celebrities including Rihanna and has proved to be Rocha's best-selling product.

Rocha debuted at London Fashion Week in 2010 after graduating from the famed design college Central St. Martins.


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